Category Archives: Alternative

MARTINA TOPLEY BIRD – SOME PLACE SIMPLE (Alternative/Indie/Pop – UK)

British vocalist Martina Topley Bird, best for her work with trip-hop legend Tricky, recently released her third solo effort, Some Place Simple, on Damian Alban’s label Honest Jon.

On this album, the artist actually revisits songs from her previous two albums, Quixotic and The Blue God (which was produced by Danger Mouse). The idea to record new versions of some of her songs actually came about after Damon Albarn  (Gorillaz frontman) encouraged her to strip the songs naked and get back to the simplicity of vocal melody and drums.

Martina Topley Bird - Poison     

“Poison” is a good example of this less-is-more approach: Topley Bird’s gospel-inspired vocals, African drums and tambourine, full stop. The result is a song that is simple and straightforward  but also warm and disarmingly honest. As with many other tracks on the album, the subtle arrangements and soulful vocals work like a charm, turning this album into the artist’s most distinctive and imaginative record so far. Not content with this wholly stunning reinvention of her previous tracks, Martina Topley Bird also recorded four new songs for the album: “Orchids”, “All Day”, “Kiss kiss kiss” and “Harpsichord Kiss”.

As a bonus, here’s a disco-friendly remix of “Poison”. Produced by Australian hip electro outfit Van She, it’s synth-laden, heavy bass ode to the dancefloor…

Martina Topley Bird - Poison (Van She Tech Remix)     

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CUT/COPY – WHERE I’M GOING (Electro/Psychedelic – Australia)

Time for a little Cut/Copy update! After their acclaimed sophomore abum In Ghost Colours Modular, 2008), the Melbourne-based band embarked on a lengthy world tour and then decided to take some time off to work on new material. While they still occasionally came under the spotlight with some remixes they did for bands such as Cansei De Ser Sexy, Ladyhawke or The Juan MacLean, Dan Whitford, Tim Hoey and Mitchell Scott were keeping a relatively low profile.

Now Cut/Copy are back in the eye of a storm with new song “Where I’m Going”, taken off their as-yet-untitled third album (due early 2011). The song was premiered on Triple J Radio last month and was then made available for free download on the band’s website.

Cut Copy - Where I'm Going     

The song will also be released on vinyl this month. It will be available as a strictly limited, one-sided etched 7″. To celebrate the release of the new track Cut/Copy are now on tour playing some new tunes and old favourites across the US in August and OZ in October.

Cut Copy - So Haunted (Knightlife Sun-Soaked Reprise)     
Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire (Aeroplane Pop Remix)     

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TRACEY THORN – WHY DOES THE WIND? (Folk/Electronica – UK)

On the heels of her new album, Love And Its Opposite, which hit the stores last month, London-based singer songwriter Tracey Thorn is gearing up for the release of her new single, “Why Does The Wind?”.

The download bundle comes packed with amazing remixes by Michel Cleis, Andre Lodemann and Morgan Geist. It will be available on June 14 courtesy of revered electronica label Buzzin’ Fly. In the meantime, to whet your appetite Tracey Thorn is giving away the original track, edited by UK producer Ewan Pearson, for free. You can grab it HERE.

Tracey Thorn – Why Does the Wind (Ewan Pearson Edit)     

“Why Does The Wind?” is one of those track that lends itself so well to a remix that it just had to be chosen as the second single. And quite frankly, the result doesn’t disappoint in the least, it even surpasses expectations. All three remixes capture the magic of Tracey’s gorgeous voice and beautiful lyrics, adding an aura of dancey electro to the mix.

It’s nice to see the songstress reconnecting with the glittering autobiographical folk-disco of Out Of The Woods, the album that saw her re-emerge after a long self-imposed hiatus in her career to start a family. “Why Does The Wind?” is taken off Tracey Thorn’s starkly beautiful new album Love And Its Opposite, released on partner Ben Watt’s label Strange Feeling Records in May.

Tracey Thorn ‘Why Does The Wind?’ (Andre Lodemann Remix)

Tracey Thorn ‘Why Does The Wind?’ (Morgan Geist Remix) (Extract)

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SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS – IAMUNDERNODISGUISE (Alternative/Psychedelica – US)

Brooklyn-based electro pychodelica trio School of Seven Bells (aka SVIIB) have annouced the release of their sophomore effort Disconnect From Desire, due out on July 13.

Benjamin Curtis (guitar) and twin sisters Alejandra Deheza (vocals, bass) and Claudia Deheza (vocals, keyboards) are still mesmerizing the listener with their dreamy sound and abstract lyrics.

School of Seven Bells - Face To Face On High Places (Jesu Remix)     
School of Seven Bells - Iamundernodisguise (Alternate Version)     

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VIDEO : FM BELFAST – UNDERWEAR (Indie – Iceland)

“Underwear” is taken off FM Belfast‘s 2008 debut album How To Make Friends, released internationally via World Champion Records. The video was directed by DANIELS (Daniel Scheinert and Dan Kwan) with Douglas Burgdorff on camera.

For more info and music, find FM Belfast on Facebook or check out their official site. Buy their music on FM